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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Department of Geography, Environment, and Society Talk, Rebecca Krinke

THE DEPARTMENT of GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, and SOCIETY is hosting a talk titled "Augmented and Bare Reality: An Art Practice" by Rebecca Krinke in Blegen Hall 445 beginning at 3:30 on Friday, October 31st.

Rebecca Krinke has a multidisciplinary artistic practice that works across sculpture, installation, public art, site design, and social practice. In broad terms, all of her work deals with issues related to place and emotion. For her geography coffee hour talk, she will focus on two of her projects: Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain and new plans for it to go online; and Unknown/Known, part of "Broadway Augmented", a temporary public art project now on view on Broadway Street in Sacramento.

Legal History Workshop, Jennifer Gunn

A LEGAL HISTORY WORKSHOP titled "Rural Tuberculosis, Native Americans, and the Patchwork Provision for Public Health in the United States, 1929-1945" by Jennifer Gunn is being offered this Friday, October 31st from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm in Room 339 of the Law School. Click Gunn.doc for more information.

Co-editor Professor Kevin Murphy RHR issue published

The RHR Issue on Queering archives which was co-edited by Professor Kevin Murphy was just published.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Society Coffe Hour

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Society is hosting a coffee hour on Friday, October 24th at 3:30 pm in Blegen Hall 445. The talk will be given by St. Olaf professor Eric Fure-Slocum and titled "Negotiating the City: Labor and Working-Class Politics in 1940s Industrial America".

Milwaukee in the 1940s was a labor city. Unions held and exerted power. The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) pursued an ambitious agenda, both inside and outside the city's workplaces. This talk focuses on contests over housing and leisure in order to investigate the possibilities and shortcomings, especially regarding race, of the CIO's egalitarian vision for the city. This working-class politics developed in contention with conservatism and an increasingly influential growth politics. The presentation, building on my book Contesting the Postwar City (Cambridge University Press, 2013), poses two questions. First, how did organized labor respond to workers' experiences in the industrial city when crafting a distinctive midcentury working-class political culture? Second, how did the urban perspective of this working-class political culture both foster an expansive midcentury labor movement and then limit labor's ability to adapt to the changing spatial and social conditions of postwar metropolitan America?

UC-Irvine Call for Papers for Trans-Scripts

THE UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA- IRVINE is accepting papers for "Trans-Scripts", the interdisciplinary journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at their university with the theme "Race/Gender Revisited." Click Trans-Scripts CFP 2014-15.docx for more information.

UCLA "Thinking Gender 2015" Call for Papers

THE UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA- LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN is accepting proposals for their 25th annual Graduate Student Research Conference "Thinking Gender 2015". Click here for more information

The Center for Jewish Studies Jerome Joss Graduate Student Research Grant

THE CENTER for JEWISH STUDIES is accepting applications for the 2014 Jerome Joss Graduate Student Research Grant. Students must be working in some specific area of academic Jewish Studies. ClickJoss Flier Final.pdf for more information

The Center for Jewish Studies Talk

THE CENTER for JEWISH STUDIES is hosting a talk by Paul Lerner titled "The Department Store on Rails: Consumer Capitalism, Circulation, and the Jewish Question in Modern Germany" on Monday, October 27th at 12:15 pm in 1210 Heller Hall. Click PaulLerner_ColloquiumFlyer-1.pdf for more information.

Department of History of Medicine Symposium

THE DEPARTMENT of the HISTORY of MEDICINE invites you to a mini-symposium on Friday, October 24, from 1:00-5:30pm, 555 Diehl Hall, with a reception immediately following in the Wangensteen Historical Library. Click Vesalius poster.pdffor more information.

The ICGC Talk, Dr. Leslie Witz and Dr. Helena Pohlandt-McCormick

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER for the STUDY OF GLOBAL CHANGE is hosting a talk by Dr. Leslie Witz and Dr. Helena Pohlandt-McCormick titled "From Crisis to Social Acts: New Directions in the Humanities" on Friday, October 24th at 12:00pm in 537 Heller Hall.

Click 10.24 LWitz HPohlandtMcCormick.pdf for more information.

Department of GWSS Discussion

THE DEPARTMENT OF GENDER, WOMEN, and SEXALITY STUDIES is hosting a discussion titled ""New International Perspectives on Transgender Studies" on Friday, October 24th at 1:00 pm in 400 Ford Hall. Click here for more information.

American Studies Ph.D. Candidate Mingwei Huang Awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

AMERICAN STUDIES Ph.D. Candidate Mingwei Huang was awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant for her dissertation research, "The Politics of Friendship after Bandung: Sino-African Contemporaries in South Africa," to be conducted in Cape Town and Johannesburg January through December 2015.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book orders for Spring 2015 courses DUE Wednesday, November 5.

Book orders for Spring 2015 courses are due to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by Wednesday, November 5. Order form attached. Please read through for guidelines that help with order accuracy and obtaining desk copies.

Notes from staff:
-NOT ordering books? Using packets instead? Be sure to inform Melanie
either way.

-ISBN: Important! Include the ISBN to avoid receiving incorrect editions.

-DESK COPIES: Please only request desk copies of titles which you've
not previously received. If you've previously received a personal
desk copy of the same edition, one will not be requested for you
again. All TA's will have desk copies requested for them. Note that
publisher requests take weeks so timely submission of orders is very
helpful to you & your TA's. NOTE: Desk copies cannot be guaranteed
for faculty & instructors if the deadline for book orders is not met.

Bookstore guidelines:
-Submitting book orders early gives the Bookstore the opportunity to
pay students the best price for their books during buy-back.

-If you delete or change books after they have shipped from the
publisher, your research account will be charged for return fees.

-If you will be using a book in the future, please indicate when that
will be. This helps students save money by allowing the Bookstore to
plan their used copy purchases.

Please use this order form:

Book order form BLANK.xlsx

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

University of Newcastle- Lecturer Position in American History

THE UNIVERSITY of NEWCASTLE is accepting applications for a lecturer position in American history. Click here for more information and to apply.

Institute for Research on Labor Public Policy Fellowship

THE INSTITUTE for RESEARCH on LABOR and EMPLOYMENT at the University of California- Los Angeles is accepting applications for a one-year Public Policy Fellowship beginning January 2015. The deadline is Friday, October 31st. Nq0Lk_a9Oh4Yvm3pL2b6gxE3zAhWJ7vMNUGCxeYWxgIlH0GCxaR1Y_nX8OmQqylf-nvcrEbFgOwplZIX2U3VtG8aiIewjZsPdlewY0EWHwl-zbw=s0-d-e1-ft.jpg

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY- Los Angeles Faculty Position, Chicano/a Studies

Position: Assistant Professor, Chicano Studies and Honors College


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution of higher education by the beginning of the appointment. Candidates should have expertise in cultural studies, including mastery of interdisciplinary methodologies from the social sciences and/or humanities. Candidates should provide record of--or potential for--scholarly activity (involving students whenever possible) and peer-reviewed publications, as well as the demonstrated potential for effective teaching using a variety of methodologies. Candidates should also demonstrate an ability or interest in teaching in a multicultural, multiethnic campus.

As a University dedicated to engagement, service and the public good, the successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students and administrators in a commitment to these purposes.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have experience and/or interest in teaching in Honors and in helping to build an Honors culture that promotes diversity and student success. Additionally, applicants should also have experience and/or interest in teaching in a multi-disciplinary department that address issues specific to Latino/a Chicana/o populations. Areas of interest include leadership, public policy studies, health disparities, community medicine and community based organizations/programming. Experience mentoring students in undergraduate research and community based participatory research is also preferred, as is potential for success in securing external funding, participation in relevant professional organizations, and university teaching experience

DUTIES: In addition to teaching service for Chicano Studies and the Honors College, duties also include undergraduate research and mentorship, outreach and recruitment, advisement, and assisting with co-curricular programming.

SALARY RANGE: Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

THE UNIVERSITY: California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving, and Minority-serving institution. Faculty may have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with other academic programs, including the Honors College and ethnic/area studies.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted, but official transcripts required of finalists at a later stage), three letters of recommendation and the University's Application for Academic Employment form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Address applications, required documentation and/or request for information to:

Mike Soldatenko

Department of Chicano Studies

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032

PHONE: 323-343-2190

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Applications Due November, 19, 2014.

The Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for
their 2015 Fellowships. The fellowships provide 3 years of support
including an annual stipend of $24,000. Application deadline: November
19, 2014.Click here for full guidelines and application:

Ford Dissertation Fellowship Applications Due November, 14, 2014.

The Ford Dissertation Fellowship Program is accepting applications for
their 2015 Fellowships. The dissertation fellowships provide one year
of support including a $25,000 stipend. Application deadline: November
14, 2014. Click here for full guidelines and application:

Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Dues November 14, 2014.

The Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for
their 2015 Fellowships. Applications are invited from individuals
awarded a Ph.D. degree no earlier than November 30, 2007 and no later
than November 14, 2014. The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year
of support including a $45,000 stipend. Application deadline: November
14, 2014. Click here for full guidelines and application:

The Graduate School Initiative: The Interdisciplinary Commons

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL is launching a new initiative intended to foster graduate student interactions across disciplines: The Interdisciplinary Commons. The Interdisciplinary Commons will provide space in Nolte Center for graduate students with interdisciplinary interests to study and make connections with students in other fields. Click here for more information.

GLBTA Programs Office, Student Coordinator Position

THE GLBTA PROGRAMS Office is hiring a student to join their staff as our Student Education and Tongues Untied Coordinator.Clickhere for more information.

Professor Carol Stabile Talk

THE INSTITUTE for ADVANCED STUDY is hosting a talk by Carol Stabile from the University of Oregon titled "A Network Grows in the Internet: Feminist Publishing in the Cracks of a Broken System" on Tuesday, October 28th from 3:00-4:30pm at 125 Nolte Center. here.jpeg

The ICGC Talk, Geraldine Frieslaar

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER for the STUDY OF GLOBAL CHANGE is hosting a talk by Ph.D. candidate Geraldine Frieslaar titled "(Re)Collections in the Archive: Making and Remaking the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF) Archival Collection" on Friday, October 17 at 12:00pm in 537 Heller Hall.

The study primarily aims to write an archival biography of the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF) collection. The work of IDAF conducted between 1956 and 1991 gave rise to a collection of records that traverse 35 years of support work. As a solidarity organisation IDAF provided support to liberation movements in Southern Africa through their legal and welfare assistance programmes. Equally significant, IDAF also sought to highlight the oppressive machinery of the apartheid government through the deployment of their research, information and publications programmes as a way of creating awareness and 'keeping the conscience of the world alive.' When the administrative records of IDAF were relocated to South Africa with the Mayibuye Centre for History and Culture at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) as chosen location, they were turned into an archival collection which also became a memorial to IDAF's resistance work now located in the foremost anti-apartheid university and politically in a new project that intended to create a museum about apartheid. Later the collection was incorporated into the Robben Island Museum through an agreement between the UWC and the Museum. The dissertation seeks to examine the history of the making of the IDAF archive and how it continues to be remade as well as the archival meanings that have been and is being produced. More than this the dissertation attempts to provide an alternative approach of thinking about the history of resistance in more complex and nuanced ways.

Israel Professor Ido Zelkovitz Talk

THE CENTER for JEWISH STUDIES is hosting a talk with Visiting Israel Professor, Ido Zelkovitz titled "Israel and the Palestinians: A Post-Arab Spring Overview of Complicated Relationships" on Wednesday, October 22 from 7:30PM - 9:00PM at the Temple of Aaron located at 616 S Mississippi River Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55116.

This lecture will analyze the path that led Israel into the "Protective Edge" operation as a "defensive reaction to Hamas terror," and will shed light on the ramifications of the latest clash for Middle Eastern politics. It will analyze the threats and opportunities to Israel from Palestinian unity and its impact on a peace process.

Ph.D. Candidate Jesus Estrada-Perez Recieves Best Graduate Paper Award

AMERICAN STUDIES PhD candidate Jesus Estrada-Perez received a 2014 Steven J. Schochet Endowment Award for Best Graduate Paper for his dissertation chapter entitled, "A PLACE TO SPEND A SATURDAY NIGHT: Altar-native Visions of Space and Sexuality in the Art of Joey Terrill and Luciano Martinez."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thomas H. Shevlin Fellowship internal deadline: November 3, 2014, 12pm, noon.

The Graduate School's is offering the Thomas H. Shevlin Fellowship for
2015-16, which includes $23,000 plus tuition and subsidized health
insurance. The department's internal deadline is November 3, 2014,
12pm, noon.

All of your application materials and letters from your recommendation
writers are due directly to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by the
Department's internal deadline of November 3, 2014, at 12pm, noon.
NOTE: timely receipt of letters of recommendation is essential as
turn-around time for this fellowship is very short. Electronic
letters are acceptable. Be certain to note for your letter writers
the strict 2 page limit and to direct them to the Recommendation
Instructions link:

Full fellowship information and instructions for applying:

Department of Comparative Literature at UM-Ann Harbor Call for Papers

THE DEPARTMENT of COMPARATIVE LITERATURE at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is accepting papers for their upcoming conference" LEFTovers: What's L/left of Literature and Critical Theory in the 21st Century?" Click CLIFF-2015-CFP.pdf for more information.

Minnesota Historical Society College Interns

THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY is looking for new college/graduate interns across a variety of disciplines for Spring 2015. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.

Center for Integrative Research position

The Center for Integrative Leadership is now accepting graduate student applications to work with our Executive Leadership Fellow, Patrick Coleman, who is the Senior Curator at the Minnesota Historical Society. ClickGovernor Project Flyer- for Students.docx for more information.

University of Saskatchewan- Post-Doc & Ph.D. Fellowships

THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN is accepting applications for one post-doctoral position and three doctoral fellowships in First Nation economic development. Click here TD Post Doc Add.docx for more information on the post-doctoral position, and TD PhD Positions.docx for more information on the doctoral fellowship.

Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Workshop

THE DEPARTMENT OF GENDER, WOMEN and SEXUALITY STUDIES is hosting a workshop titled "Feminist Media Praxis Workshop" on Friday, October 10th at 4:00pm in Ford Hall 466. Click !Feminist Media Praxis Workshop.pdf for more information

Department of Sociology Talk & Workshop, Michael Burawoy

THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY with American Studies as a co-sponsor is hosting a workshop on ethnography and a talk on "Social Movements in the Era of Neoliberalism" by University of California- Berkeley Professor Michael Burawoy on Friday, October 10th. The workshop is at 12 pm and the talk will be at 4 p.m. in 1114 Social Sciences. ClickBurawoy Flyer-RS final.pdf for more information.

3RD YEAR STUDENTS: Contact Melanie if you plan to submit your Prelim Portfolio on the fall semester submission date of Monday, November 3rd.

3RD YEAR STUDENTS: The fall semester date on which Written Preliminary
Portfolio Exam materials are accepted by the department is Monday,
November 3rd, by 12:00pm, NOON.
If you are planning to submit your portfolio exam materials for this
semester, contact Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) regarding your intent to
submit in November and to confirm the current members of your
examination committee.

Public Interest Research Group job- Campus Organizer

THE PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP is accepting applications from graduating seniors for the position of Campus Organizers. Click here for more information and to apply.

Department of Geography, Environment, and Society Talk

THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, and SOCIETY is hosting a social hour with two presentations titled "Re-imaging Urban Growth and Development" and "Revisiting fire history in the Border Lakes Region of Northern Minnesota: A Status Report" in Blegen Hall 445 beginning at 3:30 on Friday, October 10th.

Re-imaging Urban Growth and Development
Rod Squires
The appropriate scale for describing urban development is the plat, a map illustrating the location and the boundaries of the area in which changes to the existing land use are proposed.
Revisiting fire history in the Border Lakes Region of Northern Minnesota: A Status Report
Kurt Kipfmueller
Increasingly, forested landscapes are being managed to account for the critical regulatory role of fire based on fire histories developed from tree rings. However, the degree to which human agency influenced fire regimes in the past remains an open question that is difficult to address. I will discuss new fire history work initiated in Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that specifically addresses the potential connections between fire and Native Americans. I will provide an overview of the research questions, our approach to the challenge, and some preliminary results from a set of studies currently being undertaken.

The ICGC Dr. Pellow Talk

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER for the STUDY OF GLOBAL CHANGE is hosting a talk by Dr. David Pellow titled "Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement" on Friday, October 10 at 12:00pm in 537 Heller Hall.

In this talk, I explore how social movement activists work to challenge socioecological inequalities through what they call total liberation. There are three questions I am exploring in this project. (1) First, to what extent are radical environmental and animal liberation movements also struggles over social inequality? (2) Second, how does the work of these activists in particular and social movements more broadly reveal engagements with nonhuman natures and why does that matter? (3) And third, what are the implications of the 'eco-terrorist' label that states, corporations, and media impose on these groups?

Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Lecture

THE DEPARTMENT OF GENDER, WOMEN and SEXUALITY STUDIES with American Studies as a co-sponsor is hosting a talk by Northeastern University Professor Suzanna Walters titled "The Tolerance Trap" on Wednesday, October 22nd at 4 pm in STSS 230. ClickWalters_Flyer_sponsors_1022.pdf for more information.

Venezuelan Educator Flor Angel Palmar To Visit Scott Hall

IN RECOGNITION of INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY in the City of Minneapolis, a special guest will be in Scott Hall on Monday, October 13. Flor Angel Palmar is a leading educator in Venezuela, and contributed an essay to a recent book by Brenda Child and Brian Klopotek, Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indian Education. On October 12, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. will hold a reception to honor Dr. Palmar and to note the publication of Indian Subjects.

Pegues awarded 2014 ASA's Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize

Juliana Hu Pegues, PhD '13, was selected as the winner of the 2014
Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize given by the American Studies
Association for her dissertation, "Interrogating Intimacies: Asian
American and Native Relations in Colonial Alaska." Juliana is the 4th
American Studies graduate student to receive the award since it was
first awarded in 1987. She joins alumni Brian Klopotek (2004), Steven
Waksman (1998), and Rachel Buff (1996).

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

American Studies Now on Social Media

You can now find American Studies on two social media sites: Facebook and Twitter. Like the Facebook page "Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities" to get feeds from that site, or follow on Twitter @AmSt_UMN. You may also click on the icons in the department signature line to access these sites.

Please continue to send us news about your scholarship, teaching and interesting events to amstdy@umn.edu so that we can include that information in this Digest, the blog and our social media sites.